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Australian tourism figures up

The latest National Visitor Survey has offered some welcome news to tourism operators and investors after it showed increases in both domestic and international tourists.
12 September 2012
Domestic tourism figures showed the strongest 12 month increase since the onset of the global financial crisis while international tourist figures also showed growth.

John Lee, chief executive of the Tourism and Transport Forum, said the report's findings show the industry is capable of investment.

"This shows there is strong underlying demand for Australian tourism products, accommodation and experiences," said Mr Lee.

"The growth in both domestic travel and international arrivals should give investors the confidence they need to commit to projects that will add to or refresh Australia's tourism product offering."

Andrew McEVoy, managing director or Tousim Australia, said the most recent quarter is the fifth consecutive quarter to show growth and exemplifies Australia's popularity as a world class tourist destination.

"There's plenty to be upbeat about in the quarter with overnight trips up 10%, nights up 7% and, importantly, this being translated into tourism dollars with net spend up 7.5%," said Mr McEvoy.

"Even allowing for the Easter effect, to see holiday spend grow by more than 9% in the quarter is a pleasing result."

If you would like to take advantage of one of Australia's most popular tourist destinations, you'll need an Australian Travel Visa. The most popular of these is the ETA Visa, because it can be easily and quickly applied for online.